Island Press Field Notes blog

Island Press Field Notes

Wooden handstand on bike lane. Photo by DCDOTRA.

By Natasha Riddle / On August 30th, 2019

The DC Department of Transformation is helping cyclists and pedestrians one plunger, or traffic cone, or ad hoc handstand, at a time. 

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By Julia Parzen, Graham Richard / On August 29th, 2019

Leveraged successfully, the new federal Opportunity Zones can help build a green economy and advance social equity.

Ashleigh Mitchell in a garden

By ThienVinh Nguyen / On August 28th, 2019

Meet the people and organizations working hard to ensure DC’s "food desert" neighborhoods have access to high-quality, affordable food again.

A line of bicycles. Photo by Viktor Kern/Unsplash

By Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett / On August 23rd, 2019

Just as the Dutch stood up and created some of the most cycling friendly streets on the planet, so too can New Yorkers, Londoners, and others around the world.

Farmers Market

By John de Graaf / On August 21st, 2019

Vallejo, California is a great case study in what makes a good city — social offerings, aesthetics, and open access to nature.

Layered pine trees with fog. Photo by Jay Mantri/Unsplash

By Sandra Lubarsky / On August 20th, 2019

To admit to the beauty of the natural world is to resist the modern habit of disregard for nature’s value. It is time to talk openly about the importance of beauty as the value that pervades life and as the value that increases human wellbeing.

Hands holding a sapling with soil. Photo by Kyle Ellefson/Unsplash

By Gary Paul Nabhan / On August 14th, 2019

Turns out that working to restore our lands is good for our personal health.

By Laurie Mazur / On August 12th, 2019

A new report shows how cities are fighting climate change and energy inefficiency with an eye toward equity.

An American Flag with the sky in the background by Ben White/Unsplash

By Daniel Reich / On August 9th, 2019

Practical, effective policies that federal government agencies could implement without Congressional approval.

A boat on a river surrounded by mountains

By Laurie Mazur / On August 7th, 2019

A conversation with scientist Susanne Moser about climate communication, the benefits of functional denial, and the varied flavors of hope.

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